First impressions count: Five ways to prepare your home for sale
May 31, 2018
Summer is a popular time for buying and selling houses – and for good reason. Homes tend to show better when the days are longer and brighter, gardens are in bloom, and windows can be left open to let in the fresh air and natural light.
If you’re planning to sell your home this summer, one thing to keep in mind is that first impressions count, and can even make or break a sale. Preparing the outside of your property is just as important as staging the inside the house, and making improvements to the exterior of your home can also increase its value.
To help get you started, we’ve outlined five things you can do to prepare your home for sale and boost your property’s curb appeal.
Tend to your garden
An overgrown and unloved garden will likely put off potential buyers before they even step foot inside your property. Landscaping your gardens, planting flowers and shrubs, and adding hanging baskets with fresh flowers to the outside of your home can do wonders for its curb appeal. Also, since grass grows quickly during the summer months, make sure to mow the lawn regularly, and especially before an open house.
Repaint your front door and window frames
Before listing your home for sale, take a look at your front door and window frames. Paint that is cracked and weathered can make a house look dated and drab. Applying a fresh coat of paint is a quick way to instantly improve a home’s appearance, making it look well kept and inviting.
Update your house number and mailbox
Attention to detail is key when it comes to sprucing up your property. Even replacing your rusty and crooked mailbox, or your old and worn house number, can improve the appearance of your home (and ensure that potential buyers can find you!).
Create an inviting outdoor space
During the summer months, people like to be outdoors as much as possible so creating an attractive outdoor space can do wonders for the overall appeal of your property. Whether you have a deck, patio, or porch, simple changes and additions can make a big difference. Use outdoor furniture to create a space for relaxing, hang lights around your gazebo or line walkways with solar powered torches, and even consider adding a raised fire pit. An inviting outdoor space will have potential buyers dreaming about warm evenings outside spent outside their new home.
Replace your windows and doors
Windows and doors are big-ticket items that potential buyers are sure to make note of when inspecting your home. Windows and doors that are worn, warped, or not functioning properly can be enough of a reason for buyers to pass up a property so you should consider replacing yours if they’re not in good condition. Plus, replacing your windows and doors can increase the value of your home.
If replacing your windows and doors is on your to-do list, Catana can help. Our European Tilt & Turn windows and doors offer unparalleled security, energy efficiency, and functionality, as well as classic designs and fully unobstructed views – sure to impress potential buyers!
We have years of experience transforming properties, and our friendly and professional team is always on hand to help you to find the perfect windows and doors that will enhance the functionality and aesthetic appeal of your property. Contact Catana today or drop by our showroom.